Feds OK Giant Christo River Art
Artist aims to install fabric panels over 42-mile stretch of Colo. river
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 2:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Rafters will be able to travel under the artwork, Christo says.   (AP Photo/Christo Jeanne-Claude,Wolfgang Volz, file)

(Newser) – After 18 years and $7 million, the artist Christo has won federal approval for his controversial plan to wrap a 42-mile stretch of Colorado's Arkansas River. The New York-based artist, known for his larger-than-life outdoor projects, aims to install 5.9 miles of fabric in segments over the river, the New York Times reports. The Bureau of Land Management gave the project the green light after Christo, 76, submitted an environmental impact proposal and agreed to over 100 measures to mitigate its impact on wildlife, traffic, and safety.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission earlier this year urged the feds to reject the proposal, citing concerns about impacts of traffic and construction on Bighorn sheep. But federal officials “believe that steps have been taken to mitigate the environmental effects of this one-of-a-kind project," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. In addition, officials believe that the project will attract 400,000 visitors and generate $121 million in economic output, and "support jobs in the tourism industry,” stressed Salazar. Construction could begin next year if Christo manages to win the approval of two counties and several state agencies.

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Nov 8, 2011 7:26 AM CST
Follow the money from this left winger ( artist ) ....... covertly into the desperate Obama regime campaign coffers. Just another glaring example of Barack Hussein Obama the ll co-opting what is not his ( GM , Chrysler, Obama Care ) for his own personal gain or political expediency. Obama's rules to live by # 34 ....... " You suck my ____ ( fists full of cash ) , and I'll suck yours ", ( approved ). All of a sudden this monstrosity gets approved, ....... after 17 years of no ____ing way ? Guaranteed if you asked, the regime officials that green lighted this project, they would deny any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding it's approval, ...... even worse they would not have reviewed or taken into consideration, .... the previous 17 years of denials. This is the M. O. of the Obama Socialt regime from the very beginning. They merely take the cash ...... then deny, deny and obfuscate later ........ after the obama hits the fan.
Nov 8, 2011 7:21 AM CST
"the project will attract 400,000 visitors and generate $121 million in economic output" Over $300 per visitor? I don't see it.
Nov 8, 2011 5:25 AM CST
" generate $121 million in economic output," it won't "generate" any money. That money will just be taken from someplace for non-productive bullshit. But whats different about that than anything else the 'government' does?